Bernard N. Jazzar is curator of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection, a Los Angeles-based private collection comprising over 3,000 works of art in all media. In 2007, he co-curated with his partner Hal Nelson Painting with Fire: Masters of Enameling in America, 1930-1980 which was accompanied by a book of the same title. More recently, Jazzar and Nelson have co-curated and co-authored Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present, a nationally traveling exhibition. The “Little Dreams” book is distributed by the University of North Carolina Press www.uncpress.unc.edu. Jazzar received his BFA in interior architectural design and MA degrees in art history and museum studies from the California State University, Long Beach.

Harold B. “Hal” Nelson is Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. A specialist in decorative arts and contemporary craft, he currently serves on the board of the Enamelist Society. He received his A.B. from Bowdoin College and his M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware.

In 2007, Jazzar and Nelson founded the California-based nonprofit Enamel Arts Foundation to increase public awareness and appreciation of modern and contemporary enameling through its collection, exhibitions, and educational programs. For more information, visit www.enamelarts.org


Collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles: Anne Havel, Snakes in the River Brooch, 2015

Photo credit: Larry Sanders

Lecture: New Visions in Enamel

An outgrowth of the symposium Jazzar & Nelson organized at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art in the spring of 2016, this talk will feature work recently added to the Enamel Arts Foundation’s permanent collection by many of the leading figures in the contemporary enamels field. Among the artists featured are Jamie Bennett, Harlan Butt, Jessica Calderwood, Mary Chuduk, Kat Cole, Linda Darty, Nick Dong, Bob Ebendorf, Helen Elliott, David Freda, Gretchen Goss, Aurelie Guillaume, Charity Hall, Anne Havel, Mi-Sook Hur, Zachery Lechtenberg, Sarah Loch-Tess, Barbara McFadyen, Barbara Minor, Sarah Perkins, Barbara Seidenath, Rachel Shimpock, Ching-Chih Wu, and many others. The presentation underscores the Enamel Arts Foundation’s commitment to celebrating outstanding new work in the contemporary enamels field.